Words to Live By

“Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” 


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“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”  William James, The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy


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“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”

“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.”

Dale Carnegie

 Dale Carnegie, (1888-1955) was one of the most famous speakers in the world. His extremely popular book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” has sold over 15 million copies, and is still available on-line and in bookstores. Click here for a free download of one of his oldest books, “The Art of Public Speaking.”  

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“. . . I want to make it clear that having been born on the wrong side of the tracks does not mean that that birthplace has to remain a permanent address.”  


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“There are two ways to live your life : One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though every thing is a miracle.”                                                                    

Albert Einstein

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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

Anatole France (Nobel Prize Winner, 1844-1924)

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“Everyone grows up with the story of their life in their head, that works fine if you have written the story and not someone else.”                                                 The movie, My Friend Flicka

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 . . . life is not the supreme value.  It is courage.”

Grace Hasell

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“Happiness is my constant traveling companion, if I only remember to open my suitcase.”

 P. Koerper, 2008

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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”                                                     

 Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne

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“We cannot do great things, only small things with great love.” 

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” 

Mother Teresa, 1910-1997

This first quote kept me company during my Peace Corps assignment in Macedonia, and continues to guide me. Mother Teresa was Albanian, and was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. I visited the site of her birthplace and a lovely new museum honoring her life on the site of the church in Skopje she attended as a girl. The chapel there is lovely and peaceful.

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“Go confidently in the directions of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Henry David Thoreau, (American philosopher, poet, writer and environmental scientist, 1817-1862)

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Wishful Thinking Works Words to Live By . . .

 When you let go of worry in your life, you gain time for your heart’s desires.

 When you tell people what you love about them, they’ll become more lovable.

 When you recognize what you love about yourself, you’ll become more lovable.

 When you let go of being right, you’ll find there is much less wrong with the world.

 When you accept your limitations, you’ll make room for your dreams to grow.

 When you lead with your strengths, you’ll move quickly toward your dreams.

 When you talk about the good in people, they’ll prove you right.

 When you talk about the bad in people, they’ll prove you right.

 When you talk about life’s misfortunes, they’ll never leave you.

 When you focus on life’s pleasures, they’ll never leave you.

 When you learn to let go, your heart will grow.

                                                                                         Patrice Koerper, 2007


“The flip side of wanting something is doing something. Deciding what you want is part of the doing.”      Patrice Koerper, Wishful Thinking Works, 2011


  1. Patrice, I was at your talk today at the library on Fort Myers Beach. I attended another one of your talks a few years ago, both were so uplifting as well as soul searching. I would like more information about the group you talked about when the gal walked in. I would be very interesting in joining that group. Thank you again for a great way to start the weekend. Patty Tubbs, Akron, Ohio


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